Federal agents raid Knox doctor's office, weight loss center

Federal agents raid Knoxville doctor's office, weight loss center

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Several agencies were involved in the raid at Complete Family Care: Primary Care & Internal Medicine, 8861 Kingston Pike. Several agencies were involved in the raid at Complete Family Care: Primary Care & Internal Medicine, 8861 Kingston Pike.
Pounds-A-Weigh Medical Weight Loss Center, next door to the doctor's office, was also raided. Pounds-A-Weigh Medical Weight Loss Center, next door to the doctor's office, was also raided.
"I came here today for my second visit. I have lower back pain," said one patient. "I came here today for my second visit. I have lower back pain," said one patient.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - State and federal agents staged a raid of a doctor's office and a weight loss center next door Thursday morning in Knoxville.

Several agencies were armed with a federal warrant as they entered Complete Family Care: Primary Care & Internal Medicine, 8861 Kingston Pike, and Pounds-A-Weigh Medical Weight Loss Center.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that its agents, as well as investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Health and Human Service's Office of Inspector General, conducted the raid.

Knoxville police officers provided assistance.

No one at the investigative agencies would describe the nature of the raid, but agents were observed removing items from the offices for more than seven hours throughout the day.

Agents turned away patients as they showed up for appointments, but remained tight-lipped about why.

"They told me they were under investigation, but didn't say why," said Jessica Marlow.

According to records from the Department of Health, Dr. Andrew Sugantharaj is the practicing physician at Complete Family Care.

Both the family care and weight loss clinic have the same answering service. No one answered our calls Thursday.

Dr. Sugantharaj does not have any disciplinary violations, according to the Department of Health.

A sign outside the practice says the facility is a primary care and internal medicine clinic.

"I came here today for my second visit. I have lower back pain," said one patient.

She said the doctor does prescribe the drug suboxone.

"I knew it was a suboxone clinic, but that's not what I was here for," she said.

Agents wouldn't tell her when she might be able to reschedule her appointment.

"Coming back here, I'd be a little weary, because of why they're under investigation," she said.

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